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She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is known to stir up controversy with his film's graphic content, and this is perhaps his most disturbing. Yet, at the same time, it is tame and slow-paced compared to something like Ichi the Killer (2001). But it quickly descends into gruesome, grotesque madness; the final act will exhaust even the strongest stomachs. Although, what some might mistake for tasteless, torture-porn violence is nothing of the sort. Miike's patient plotting and tender treatment of his tortured characters hints at the ultimate terrors in store for us.
A middle-aged widower, Aoyama, decides to conduct an audition to find his ideal women. He is immediately smitten by Asami Yamazaki, she is quiet and mysterious. Aoyama's friend, Yoshikawa,…
Unrelenting, that's what this film is.
If you really want to know what this film can do to you, read as little about it as you can. That's what happened to me and I have to confess, this film haunted me for quite some time.
That all had to do with the typical slow, meticulous build up you often see in Asian films. This pace provides a perfect platform for Takashi Miike to showcase his sadism and his understanding what true horror is all about. He sinks his hooks into you, the viewer, by making you care for a very sympathetic leading man and then, halfway, he rips those hooks out with force and uncompromising terror.
True horror, that's what this film is.
The Good: I told myself I'd never watch this again, but here we are. What the fuck was I thinking? Audition is still as disturbing as I remembered, but within lies the allure of Miike's infamous masterpiece. Yes, it's a fucked up film, yet, at the same time, it's also a rather brilliant one. (But, yeah, it's really, really fucked up.) Audition seamlessly transitions from drama to romance to mystery and ultimately to horror, where we're bombarded with severed tongues, vomit eating, acupuncture torture, needles on the eyes, foot mutilation (by a wire saw, no less), and... holy shit, did that sack just move?! I'm never watching this again...
The Bad: First half is a bit slow.
The Bottom Line: Halloween douche prank: get an unsuspecting friend to watch Audition. Tell him/her it's a romantic film. Watch his/her reaction. Audition comes recommended.
Out of the snippet of extreme cinema I've seen over the years Takashi Miike's Audition is probably one of the most interesting and compelling entries. Far from the usual genre affair, this is a fairly slow-paced thriller that prefers gradually building up an unsettling atmosphere over throwing copious amounts of cheap shocks at the screen. It is definitely disturbingly brutal towards the end with a series of torture sequences that really made me wince, but it never trades that in for the creepy mood Miike put so much effort into creating. Blurring dream sequences with reality in a way that deliberately leaves you confused as to what is meant to take place in reality and what isn't, Miike is surprisingly…
If you haven't seen this, the less you read about it the better. Just go watch it right now, do it i tell you!
Another decent horror here. As the film unfolds it becomes more and more terrifying.
Way better than American Psycho 2.
"A meditative, melancholic masterpiece that is not for the squeamish" "A diabolically adroit piece of filmmaking...never less than compelling" "Miike is brilliant at transforming the mundane and familiar ... into something sinister and eerie." Easy to see why some considered this Miike's best film.
That was not very nice.
Starts off slow but feels cinematically slick, then, about halfway through, this movie starts to lose its own mind. Has one of the most intense and scariest torture scenes I've ever watched. By no means your average horror date flick or erotic thriller, far from it. This is a fascinating duel character study told with careful camera work and near perfect editing. It stings like a needle getting "deeper, deeper, deeper" into my subconscious. It's climax might be too strong for some, but for this viewer it felt like a near masterpiece.
A violent and graphic Miike classic
Offers a lot of creepiness and a very interesting (and scary!) main antagonist
Requires constant viewer attention, especially in later parts of the movie where the shit hits the fan and gives out a bit of a mind twister.
Some scenes are anthological for both Miike and the genre in general
Maybe the end is not as developed as the movie in whole
But all in all it's a rewarding watch and it will surely disturb you
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